Our current interest in non-Western thought calls for factual knowledge of Eastern philosophies if we are to understand better our world. Of prime importance, Laumakis (philosophy, Univ. of St. Thomas) believes, is a beginner's text in Buddhist teachings, which he attempts to offer here. Laumakis does a good job of narrowing his focus, clearly presenting Buddhist theory, and posing helpful questions to help make the subject more graspable. This is not a book about how to practice Buddhism, but readers are encouraged to trust their own life experiences rather than to rely on dogma. Included are short biographical passages of current Buddhist leaders Thich Nhat Hanh and the 14th Dalai Lama; a discussion of the Buddah, Siddha¯ rtha Gautama; an exploration of key concepts (e.g., mindfulness, the Four Noble Truths, the Eightfold Path); and an examination of Buddhism as it has taken form in different lands. Although Laumakis intends to be concise, one of the book's defects is its all-too-brief coverage of Zen Buddhism, a major Buddhist sect in North America. Best suited to undergraduate students and novices to Buddhism; recommended for academic philosophy collections and the philosophy collections of larger public libraries.